It’s been an emotional year for “Queen of Versailles” star Jackie Siegel.
After her 18-year-old daughter Victoria passed away from a drug overdose in June of 2015, Siegel opened up to reporters saying “there’s not a day” she doesn’t feel like crying.
“Sometimes I’ll see a mother with her teenage daughter and I get emotional,” the 50-year-old said in an interview with US Magazine.
Although the year has been painful, Siegel is channeling her grief in a way that helps others.
Following Victoria’s death, Siegel and her husband, David, founder of Westgate Resorts, started a foundation called Victoria’s Voice. The organization raises awareness about substance abuse, particularly among teens and their families.
“I think by trying to save other people’s lives, it makes us feel better that we’re saving other parents from the grief we’ve gone through and that we’ll always be going through,” Siegel continued to open up to the news outlet.
“Everyone from homeless people to billionaires’ children are affected,” the star said of drug addiction. “It doesn’t matter about race, financial status, if someone’s addicted, no matter what, they’re going to get it — they’ll find a way, they’ll steal, they’ll prostitute themselves. And kids are so good at hiding the fact that they’re doing drugs.”